Friday, January 23, 2009

Coaches of Color and Title VII

WhistleMichael J. Nichols has posted on SSRN his article, forthcoming in the Spring issue of volume 8 of the Virginia Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, Time for a Hail Mary? With Bleak Prospects of Being Aided by a College Version of the NFL's Rooney Rule, Should Minority College Football Coaches Turn Their Attention to Title VII Litigation?

From the abstract:

Over the past several years member teams of both the National Football League ("NFL") and the National Collegiate Athletic Association ("NCAA") have been criticized for employing too few head football coaches who are minorities. The problem has gained attention as non-whites now comprise a majority of the players at both levels of competition. In 2003, the NFL instituted a rule - the Rooney Rule - that is widely credited with significant improvements in the number of minority coaches employed within the professional league. Over the same period, the college head coaching ranks remain almost entirely devoid of non-white head coaches. This note analyzes whether the NCAA is in a position to emulate the Rooney Rule despite opposition from athletic directors, university presidents, conference commissioners, and others. The author further examines whether an over-looked minority job candidate could successfully sue a university for discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - an avenue advocated by several of the interest groups responsible for convincing the NFL to adopt the Rooney Rule.


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I tend to agree with this. The NCAA is doing nothing, the individual schools are doing nothing, so it appears likely that litigation is going to be the way to go.

Posted by: FWG | Jan 23, 2009 11:56:46 AM

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